Betdaq Handicap Chase
BETDAQ
Grade 3 Handicap,
Kempton Park 15:35
£100,000 added,
5yo plus, 3m, Class 1    
Saturday 24th February 2018

1 Master Dee 8/1
2 Ballykan 14/1
3 Theatre Territory 10/1
15 ran Distances: 3¾l, 4l, 1¼l
Time: 6m 2.40s (slow by 8.40s)

Master Dee wins under Barry Geraghty for Fergal O’Brien

Master Dee

Having his first run for 105 days, Master Dee has been entered for several big races in the interim but hi s need for decent ground is well known and the surface at Kempton was clearly in his favour as he bounded clear of Ballykan to win by three and three-quarter lengths. 

Outpaced in the early stages, Barry Geraghty was content to take his time on the second circuit before making a big move coming out of the back straight.

As Go Conquer gave way, Art Mauresque was left in front but he had no answer as Ballykan breezed past before Master Dee took control.

O'Brien said: "I'm very lucky to have great people around me and good horses. 

"This horse has been ready to run for three months and the Rooneys (owners) have let me wait and do what we wanted.

"I could have run him two weeks ago and we decided to wait. It's paid off and I'm over the moon."

Geraghty told ITV Racing: "I think I'm four from four in these colours. 

"I was pretty much outpaced all the way, but I just sat and he jumped nicely. With a circuit to go I thought we had no chance, but halfway down the back straight, he started to pick up.

"Turning in I was fairly happy he was coming alive."

Jason Maguire, racing manager for Paul and Clare Rooney, said: "Obviously he hasn't run since Aintree, when he ran well, as we were waiting for the ground.

"His form had been over two and a half, but over three miles here, the sharp track has helped, as has the drying ground.

"Barry gave him a lovely, patient ride, let them get on with it in front and he's come home well.

"We'll see how he comes out of this before deciding about Cheltenham. As he goes on nice ground, he could go to Aintree or even Punchestown."

Betdaq Handicap Chase
£100,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m, Class 1
15 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in Places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Master Dee (IRE) 8/1 B J Geraghty
11-5
F O'Brien 9
2nd Ballykan 14/1 D A Jacob
10-7
N A Twiston-Davies 8
3rd 4 Theatre Territory (IRE) 10/1 Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
10-6
W Greatrex 8
4th Art Mauresque (FR) 10/1 Harry Cobden
11-10
P F Nicholls 8
5th Go Conquer (IRE) 16/1 Aidan Coleman
11-11
Jonjo O'Neill 9
6th Relentless Dreamer (IRE) 33/1 C Gethings
10-11
Miss R Curtis 9
7th ¾ Vibrato Valtat (FR) 33/1 L P Aspell
11-7
Miss E C Lavelle 9
8th 10 Label Des Obeaux (FR) 14/1 Wayne Hutchinson
11-9
A King 7
9th nse Acting Lass (IRE) 7/2f N D Fehily
11-9
H Fry 7
10th 6 As De Mee (FR) 20/1 Sean Bowen
11-9
P F Nicholls 8
11th 16 Tintern Theatre (IRE) 5/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
10-12
N A Twiston-Davies 7
12th 20 Loose Chips 20/1 Paul O'Brien (5)
10-13
C E Longsdon 12
PU Theatre Guide (IRE) 20/1 T J O'Brien
11-12
C L Tizzard 11
PU Josses Hill (IRE) 12/1 Nico de Boinville
11-10
N J Henderson 10
PU Monbeg Charmer (IRE) 16/1 Jonathan Burke
10-8
C E Longsdon 7